. . . For 26 years, Pace University’s M.S. in publishing has required one-semester internships from students lacking work experience, followed by a second-semester thesis. “If somebody is working in the children’s book division at HarperCollins, they might write a paper about what’s currently happening in e-book apps for children’s books,” says the program’s internship director, Jane Kinney-Denning. “What’s happening at HarperCollins could be a part of it, but they would look at other publishers as well.”
The work experience is now expected by employers, agrees Kinney-Denning, leading some of her students to accept multiple internships without credit simply to build up their résumés. “It’s incredibly valuable,” she says. “In today’s competitive marketplace, you need a résumé that shows some experience already in the industry to even get an interview for an entry-level position.”
Read the article in the Village Voice.